Woodlands County Council received an update report this week on area crime stats and police activity from Sgt. Bob Dodds of Barrhead RCMP.
Sgt. Dodds reviewed the 2020 Quarter 1 crime stats and reported that there has been an increase in persons crimes this year, including utter threats and sexual offences. However, on the positive side, property crimes have gone down.
Woodlands County has had 18 criminal offences reported this year, the highest in the past four years, while the total reported collisions in the area are the lowest in five years. Sgt. Dodds noted that the average number of offences in Woodlands County remains below the provincial average.
Sgt. Dodds also outlined the top two priorities for the detachment this year. The first is crime reduction, and he says they are looking at strategies to achieve this and will focus on habitual offenders and on monitoring release conditions on charged persons. They will also look for educational opportunities where property offences have been committed. The detachment has set goals of a 7% reduction in theft of auto and increasing their clearance rate for auto theft to 26%.
The second priority this year is community engagement. The goal is for two town hall meetings to be held in the detachment area. Two were held last year in Barrhead and Fort Assiniboine and they intend to keep the same format for 2020.